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Hey y'all! One thing I've noticed, or haven't noticed rather, is that there is no article on soap-making... references sure, namely in the "Looking To Our Past" series, but no true in-depth articles. Given the simplicity of soap-making, and its inherent value in a post-SHTF/TEOTWAWKI scenario, I personally think this would be a great article to have.


If there's one thing I can tell you after working for a couple years in a boutique-quality soap factory while in high school, it's how simple it is to produce an extremely high-quality "gourmet" bar of soap with very little effort exerted. All it takes is a little know-how, a well-constructed soap rack and a decent recipe, and you're in business.


What do y'all think?

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Rampart, first, welcome to the forum. I agree with the soap making as an essential skill and a highly valuable commodity and maybe the SC team can shed some more light on this, but I posted available resources to making soap as a "safe" way of getting the info out there. I truly trust the actual prepping community to realize the inherent dangers in all we do but I also know how posting some information can lead to someone trying it, taking a short cut and then an ambulance chasing powder puff will haul you into court because they used too much lye and now have a scar.

I try to give a more educational reference for activities I recommend, as I am usually way outside osha standards in my practices. I know it's probably not the best practice, but it has worked for me. I just hope I never get complacent on them. Just my opinion.

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the foxfire book the first one the rest are redundant

foxfire 1st book of the series soap making and butchering other subjects

here is a basic list of books some you can find used at garage sales goodwill and 2nd hand stores.


there are thousands of books there in a place called a library I know this, these are a few of

what I have in my home collection for there compressed knowledge


back to basics

butchering processing and preservation of meat

cookbooks older ones new ones rely on canned / premade ingredients

hints from Heloise

home remedies

older Ball blue book of canning

Merck manual

natural health secrets encyclopedia

nurses pocket drug guide

one book/one caliber {complete reloading manual for one specific caliber}

putting food by

time life basic electrical wiring

time life pests and diseases {gardening manual}

where there is no doctor

where there is no dentist

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I agree that the Foxfire books are good. I think the first 5 are decent enough to have. After that it seems to be a lot of stories and folklore (perhaps valuable but there is only so much time) have some good stuff in them.

Book 5 has metal work and gun smith/gunpowder (Black Powder) in it. The first is best and fullest, agree. I found each of the next 4 to have something worth the book contained within it but after Book 5, I just didn't think it was worth the price.

Anyone who has the full set, or a volume after 5, that you think is worth the price, feel free to disagree with me.


I've seen or own quite a few of the books you mention. No disagreements in your list.

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